Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 3:43pm
The Guardian is out with part two of their series on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the corporate-funded ultra-conservative group that has pushed "model legislation" in state houses around the country.
This installment of their series looks at ALEC's agenda for the next few months. Hmm.... does this look familiar?
Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the key areas of education, healthcare, income tax, workers' compensation and the environment, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.
“As it stands now, those direct generation customers are essentially freeriders on the system. They are not paying for the infrastructure they are using. In effect, all the other non direct generation customers are being penalised,” said John Eick, the legislative analyst for Alec’s energy, environment and agriculture program.
Take the time to read this recently acquired confidential document if you want to get a propaganda-free tutorial on the shenanigans of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
And while you're doing that, take the time to contemplate the implications of the Speaker of the NC House trying to sit in two chairs at once. It can't be done safely, and when they start to roll away from each other, which chair do you think he will choose?
When you've finished those tasks, take the time to explore this new website, which is a handy tool for tracking how the assortment of conservative "foundations" fund various pseudo-scientific bullshit-producing stink-tanks, including our very own John Locke Foundation. But keep a small trash can or other vomit receptacle handy, as you'll probably need it.
Protesters are Republicans who oppose the tactics used by both Karl Rove and Speaker Tillis that promote corruption, cronyism and unconstitutional practices. The protest will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Thursday outside of the fundraiser to be held at the Bank of America Stadium at 800 South Mint Street.
“A growing contingency of Republicans oppose how both Thom Tillis and Karl Rove wield power to influence elections and legislation through their corporate donors,” said Chuck Suter, video reporter and founder of Constitutionalwar.org.
You're kidding, right? The vast majority of Republicans love how their leaders can rake in the cash and push people around. These are admirable traits, to be emulated whenever possible to make the GOP a stronger political adversary. But by all means, continue to bang the drum about corruption and cronyism. Just don't expect more than a couple of dozen Republicans to listen.
Tea Party Republicans in Raleigh talk a mean game when it comes to fiscal austerity, but all that talk doesn't apply to friends and cronies. In an excellent story in the News and Observer today, John Frank follows one track of today's GOP gravy train. In this case, it's all about legal fees. Having raked in more than $2 million to draft legislation and defend the laws in court, the GOP's go-to law firm, Ogletree Deakins, is poised to earn millions more.
RALEIGH — Days before House Republican leaders announced plans to introduce a controversial voter ID bill, they hired a lawyer. Now the same outside law firm that was paid $55,591 to help draft the bill is poised to make hundreds of thousands of dollars more defending the law in court.
Submitted by flyintheointment on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 12:52pm
Earlier this week, the Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 in a unanimous decision that the General Assembly law passed to confer a monopoly on the North Carolina Bail Agents Association and exclude any and all competitors was indeed a monopoly (that means unconstitutional and illegal). You can read about how it was 'shady' here in the Greensboro newspaper article here.
After Peter Principling his way to fame and fortune, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis has taken to believing his own press. He's under the illusion he can compete statewide for the US Senate against Kay Hagan. I predict a fiery crash.
Tillis owns every piece of extremist legislation passed in the General Assembly this year. The draconian restrictions on abortion. The voter suppression agenda. The decimation of public schools. The war on teachers. He'll try mightily to distance himself from his own actions, it ain't gonna happen. The GOP General Assembly is too far out of the North Carolina mainstream. There's no closing the gap.
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